Aequo is once again highly recommended in its key practice areas – Banking and Finance, Antitrust and Competition, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution (Arbitration and Litigation), Energy and Natural Resources, Intellectual Property, Restructuring and Insolvency, according to the recently released Chambers Europe 2017.
The directory recommends Aequo’s Banking and Finance team as an excellent team with a growing reputation and prominence in the market. The clients praise the firm for creative and results-oriented approach. "They are very flexible, open, attentive and sensitive to innovative thinking." Yulia Kyrpa, partner, head of Banking and Finance, climbs a tier in the rankings this year as a result of exceptionally positive feedback and notable instructions. Maryna Fedorenko, of counsel, is active in a wide range of regulatory and transactional matters and also advises on finance sector-related corporate and M&A matters.
Competition and Antitrust team is described as a solid team that moves up the rankings in recognition of increasing complexity of instructions and positive client feedback. Clients describe them as "business-minded, solution-oriented and problems-solving." The directory praises Denis Lysenko, Aequo’s managing partner, as a versatile corporate lawyer with significant experience handling competition issues. Counsel Sergey Denisenko enters the rankings in recognition of his active presence in the competition arena and his strong market feedback.
According to Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A team is a popular choice for full-scope transactional advice. Clients describe the team as "highly experienced and practical, responsive and available whenever we need them," as well as "down to earth, easy to work with and always ready to go an extra mile for us." Head of practice Anna Babych receives very positive feedback from clients and rises in this year's rankings. Managing partner Denis Lysenko is a notable M&A lawyer who receives praise for his "strategic mode of thinking and great commercial vision." Senior associate Oksana Krasnokutska provides support in M&A and general corporate and commercial matters.
The editors highly evaluate Dispute Resolution team due to increased visibility and market recognition in both international arbitration and local litigation. It has recently been instructed on high-stakes international commercial arbitration matters and also acts on cases heard at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce. Clients appreciate the dedication of the team, declaring them: "Incredibly hard workers, responsive, diligent." Pavlo Byelousov, counsel, heads the international arbitration group and is also involved in litigation cases. Oleksandr Mamunya, partner, head of Dispute Resolution, is increasingly singled out for his practical experience in IP litigation.
Dynamic Energy and Natural Resources team is particularly noted for handling complex energy disputes, including international arbitration proceedings. The team is also active in energy financing and provides general commercial advice. Sources note the team's involvement in high-stakes energy-related disputes and their understanding of the sector. Interviewees also highlight the team's responsiveness and receptiveness to client feedback.
Highly reputed Intellectual Property team is noted for its impressive track record in contentious IP matters. Clients praise the firm's business-oriented approach. "We like Aequo for its flexible attitude and understanding of our concerns." Oleksandr Mamunya is a well-recognised IP expert. Sources note his visibility and also say he is "reliable and responsive beyond expectations." Senior associate Andrey Nikolayenko joins the rankings this year due to positive feedback from sources. He focuses on trade mark and patent litigation, and also supports the team on IP prosecution and portfolio management issues.
Active Restructuring and Insolvency team, advising local and international companies and banks on restructuring tickets and refinancing procedures. A client highly regards the team's experience: "I found them specifically really good at restructuring," adding praise for the team "being able to tailor their advice." Yulia Kyrpa advises companies and banks on complex debt restructuring and distressed debt transactions.